This issue’s cover illustration is from A Shelter for Sadness by Anne Booth, illustrated by David Litchfield. Thanks to Templar Publishing for their help with this January cover.

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Veggie Power (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Annette Roeder

40pp, INFORMATION BOOK, INFORMATION PICTURE BOOK, 3791374788


Part information book, part art book, Veggie Power does to the mind and the eyes what spinach does to Popeye’s muscles.


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Sequin and Stitch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Laura Dockrill
(Barrington Stoke)

104pp, 978-1781129319, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Laura Dockrill is already well known for her lively writing in prose and poetry. This is typical of her writing, and the concise prose required by Barrington Stoke suits her style. A story to delight all.


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The One that Got Away (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jan Mark
(Roffo Court Press)

368pp, ANTHOLOGY, 978-0993547324, RRP £10.00, Paperback


At least half of these domestic stories though are injected with mystery – inexplicable ghost stories.


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Empire's End: A Roman Story (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Leila Rasheed
(Scholastic)

208pp, INFORMATION STORY, 978-1407191393, RRP £6.99, Paperback


This is an addition to the Voices series which aims to bring history alive through the immediate voice of their protagonists.


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The House of One Hundred Clocks (8-10 Junior/Middle)

A. M. Howell
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

336pp, FICTION, 978-1474959568, RRP £6.99, Paperback


In Edwardian Cambridge, Helena, her beloved pet parrot Orbit and her father, recently bereaved after the loss of Helena’s mother, begin a new life in the home of the enigmatic Mr Westcott.


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ONJALI RAÚF BECOMES WRITER IN RESIDENCE FOR BOOKTRUST

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Award-winning author and activist, Onjali Raúf takes up the post as the new Writer in Residence for BookTrust, today, International Women’s Day. She takes over from Smriti Halls.


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LONGLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 CILIP CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY MEDALS

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The longlist for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. The UK’s oldest children’s book awards, and widely recognised as the most prestigious, the Medals celebrate outstanding achievement in children’s writing and illustration respectively.


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LONGLIST ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE

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The longlist for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Thursday 11 February 2021). Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. Over fifty books were submitted, 20 have made it onto the longlist.


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LONGLIST FOR THE 2021 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

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The longlist for the 2021 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Thursday 28 January 2021). Set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, the Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children.


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TWO UK ENTRIES ON IBBY LIST OF OUTSTANDING BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Every two years, IBBY invites nominations for its international List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. This year there were 194 submissions from 31 countries in 24 languages. From these, 40 outstanding examples from 27 countries in 21 languages have been selected, including two UK entries.


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NOW OPEN: 2021 HENRIETTA BRANFORD WRITING COMPETITION

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, the annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the Branford Boase Award, is now open.


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